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Homebrew Competitions / 2012 NHC Canadian Qualifier/ALES Open
« on: January 21, 2012, 02:16:03 PM »
Hello fellow Canadian Homebrewers! The Ale and Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan are hosting the 2012 NHC Canadian Regional Qualifier/ALES Homebrew Open competition from April 9th to 14th, 2012 at the Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Not only is this the largest competition in Canada, but it is the only way for Canadians to advance to the National Homebrew Competition, which is the largest homebrew competition in the world. Additionally, any medals won will earn you points towards the Canadian Brewer of the Year award.

Our competition is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association and the Beer Judge Certification Program. Judging is conducted by certified BJCP judges using the 2008 Style Guidelines.

If you are interested in attending as a judge/volunteer/guest, please get in touch with us at competition@alesclub.com. There will be a full schedule of top notch social activities to partake in, including Brewers’ Dinners, one-off cask events, and guest speakers.

The competition is open to all 28 BJCP categories of homebrewed beer, mead and cider. Medals and prize packages are awarded to Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each category. Prize packages consist of a wide variety of donated items from our many sponsors throughout North America.

The major awards are:
Best of Show – Awarded to the single best beer entry.
Homebrewer of the Year – based on total points earned from category medals (entries must score a minimum of 30 points to count towards HoY)
Rookie of the Year – all first time entrants are eligible, based on total points earned from category medals (entries must score a minimum of 30 points to count towards RoY)
Mead Maker of the Year – Awarded to the single best mead entry
Cider Maker of the Year – Awarded to the single best cider entry
Club of the Year - based on total points earned from category medals (entries must score a minimum of 30 points to count towards CoY)

Please check out our website at www.alesclub.com for full competition details. You can also contact us at competition@alesclub.com with any questions. Good luck!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Looking for opinions/facts on reusing dry yeast
« on: November 24, 2010, 02:41:20 PM »
There is a bit of a debate going on within our local club (Regina's ALES).  It started out with John Palmer's "secondary or not," but has turned into whether dry yeast is suitable for reuse.

One of our members came across 2 somewhat contradictory statements from Fermentis:

Homebrewing FAQ - http://www.fermentis.com/fo/60-Beer/60-13_faqHB.asp

"4/ Can I re-use the yeast?
Due to the risks of infection and the inability to check yeast cell counts of yeast slurries it is not recommended as the risk of failure is increased and outweighs the cost of new yeast"

Industrial FAQ - http://www.fermentis.com/fo/60-Beer/60-32_faqIB.asp

"5/ Can the yeast be re-pitched and how many times?
Depending on the integrity of the yeast handling system and the stress placed on the yeast by the brewing process it is possible to re-pitch. The exact number of cycles is dependant on the brewery environment. Dry yeast has proven very effective over 5-6 brewing cycles. "

Just wondering what everyone thinks about this?

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